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Transcript of Socratic Seminar
"The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing."
The term "Socratic" comes from a Classical Greek philosopher, Socrates, who developed a method of disciplined conversation called dialectic.
Di-a-lec-tic is the practice of examining opinions or ideas logically, often by the method of question and answer.
A Socratic Seminar is a scholarly discussion of an essential question in which student opinions are shared, proven, refuted, and refined through dialogue with other students.
not a debate/fight/ argument. There is no right and
Use textual evidence to support your views (est. credibility)
Only participate if you're prepared
Don't stay confused, ask questions!
There are no wrong answers!
Fishbowl Socratic Seminar
1. Students are provided a text to read and discuss.
2. Working with a partner, students develop questions (often open-ended) to drive discussion as well as learn from one another.
3. Students participate in the discussion an active listener, thinker and speaker.
4. Students perform a self-assessment following the seminar.
How will this discussion look?
1. Students are put into two groups- an inner circle and outer circle.
2. The inner circle discusses the text, using student developed questions.
3. The outer circle observes and evaluates the inner circle.
4. Roles are swapped.
Who makes the rules?
Advanced: Student meets all of the proficient criteria plus TWO or more of the following:
Actively incorporates others into the discussion
Challenges ideas and conclusions in thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas
Summarizes points of agreement and disagreement
Qualifies or justifies own views and understanding using textual evidence
Makes new connections in light of the evidence and reasoning presented
Student comes to discussion prepared (with completed preparation notes and text)
Uses body language and eye contact to indicate active listening for the duration of the seminar
Both poses and responds to questions
Participates by doing at least one of the following:
o Building on the thoughts of others by using appropriate transition words and phrases
o Asking clarifying questions
o Quoting the text to support a point
o Using language of recognition and appreciation to promote collaborative, collegial discussions
Socratic Seminar Worksheet (White)
Pick a partner
Come up with one questions and provide responses
Write your question on a Post-it